CALGARY, AB -- There was no collective gasp when Sven Baertschi went down in practice Tuesday morning.
Because no one is sure what really happened to him.
Working the penalty kill side of a special teams drill, Calgary’s top pick in 2011 stumbled outside the blueline and struggled to get to his feet. Baertschi managed to get up under his own power and spent a few minutes on the bench before heading down the tunnel to be examined by the medical staff.
“No, I didn’t see. They told me we had to get him out,” coach Bob Hartley said.
He didn’t rejoin his teammates and Hartley had little information on the rookie’s status after practice.
“A little injury. I’m just assuming that it’s nothing bad but he couldn’t keep going so the medical staff are working on him right now,” he said.
Baertschi has yet to record a point this year and played a season-low 5:01 on a line with Blake Comeau and Blair Jones in the Flames’ 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
The five-foot-10 forward, who swept Calgary by storm in a five game stint as an emergency recall from junior last year, is still adjusting to full-time life in the NHL.
“He’s a 20-year-old kid,” Hartley said. “That’s a learning process not only hockey wise but also around his life. Suddenly he has bills to pay and he has groceries to do and everything so it’s a normal process for a young man but we’re all around Sven. The veterans have been unbelievable.
“He’s a very open-minded young man. He’ll be fine. We just have to ask him to be Sven. We can’t ask him to be Gretzky or those guys.”
An update on Baertschi’s condition is expected Wednesday.